New report outlines hospital community health efforts in FY 2021
The Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) released today the Making a Difference in Our Communities report that highlights how hospitals invested more than $784 million in community and voluntary-based activities in fiscal year (FY) 2021, from education and prevention services to community outreach, research and workforce development.
Data in the report shows investments made throughout the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, demonstrating that despite the workforce challenges and financial burdens Michigan hospitals and health systems face, they continue to offer a wide range of services and resources to their communities beyond the traditional healthcare setting that improve the overall health, wellness and quality of life of residents.
“This report uplifts the profound impact Michigan hospitals, health systems and healthcare teams have on their communities,” said MHA CEO Brian Peters. “In addition to outlining the latest community benefit data, it provides specific examples showing how these investments are improving health outcomes, building community and supporting efforts around workforce restoration.”
The report features examples and testimonials from patients who benefit from the programs implemented by hospitals throughout Michigan, as well as providers. Many of these programs expand access to care, address healthcare workforce needs and improve the health of vulnerable populations.
“Our care teams at Trinity Health are driven by a mission of service and improving access to resources that help individuals and communities thrive,” said Shannon Striebich, MHA Board Chair and President and CEO of the Trinity Health Michigan Market. “Investing in behavioral health programming is just one example of what we do; I’m proud to see the work of our Western Wayne Suicide Prevention Coalition featured in the report among many other impactful community benefit stories.”
The full report and stories from hospitals across the state that exhibiting community benefit can be accessed online here.